There are always opportunities to get involved in your community!

Volunteering with the City of Colwood is a rewarding way to build and share your skills and experience, provide input into City plans and initiatives and meet interesting people in your community.

Click on the volunteer opportunities listed below to learn more.


 

Participate in community decision making as a member of the Colwood Advisory Planning Commission 

Advisory Planning Commission: The City of Colwood is requesting expressions of interest for one Colwood citizen to represent seniors over 65 years on the nine member Advisory Planning Commission (APC).

The  Colwood Advisory Planning Commission  reviews development applications and provides advice and recommendations to Council. The Commission is comprised of nine community members who represent important aspects of community: education, environment, land development, business, youth, seniors, architecture or landscape architecture, as well as two members at large. No members of Council will sit on the commission. Read more details in the

Please contact Pat VanBuskirk, Director of Corporate Services at 250-478-5999 or pvanbuskirk@colwood.ca for more information.


Emergency Support Services

Are you interested in assisting your community in the event of an emergency? View Royal & Colwood Emergency Support Services would like to have you as a member of our team. Training is provided, free of charge, for all volunteers. 

Every community in BC is mandated to have an Emergency Plan. Part of this plan includes an Emergency Support (Social) Services plan and a functioning committee to deliver the services necessary to aid evacuees comfort and recovery.

The View Royal & Colwood Emergency Support Services is a joint team of volunteers, from each of the communities to respond to emergency incidents involving evacuees in either of the communities, as well as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. 

We respond when requested by the communities to provide assistance with evacuees. We do this by ensuring they have lodging, food, clothing and support, either from their own insurance or through Emergency Management BC funding. This can be done on site, for individual families impacted by such as fires, or by opening a Reception Centre for larger incidents, 12 or more evacuees.

We also have a public information awareness component. We attend schools, boys and girls organizations, public venues where we talk to family’s about emergency planning and distribute brochures relating to their own home preparedness.

In addition, we help plan and promote an Emergency Preparedness Fair, which is held in our community each year in May.

Although we are involved in many aspects of Emergency Preparedness, have regular training, work parties, and meetings, the extent of your involvement is negotiable.  We understand family and employment comes first.

The communities share in the financing of the training, ongoing operations, uniforms, and necessary supplies. View Royal Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, takes the lead on the administration of the team. Our meetings are held on Wednesday evenings, usually the last of the month, at 7 pm (1900), one month in View Royal Public Safety Building, the next in Colwood City Hall, Council chambers. 

To start registration process, please contact Captain Troy Mollin of View Royal Fire Rescue. His email is tmollin@viewroyal.ca, and he can be reached at the hall Tues to Thurs, as shifts change, 250-479-7322. He will also give you information to have a criminal record check completed, no charge to you. This is a great group to volunteer with! 


Are you passionate about literacy and learning?

West Shore Literacy Steering Committee is seeking a citizen representative from Colwood.

The Literacy Steering Committee is made up of seven passionate community members investing their time and expertise to provide support and guidance around the implementation of the Community Literacy Plan which involves building and fostering  partnerships in the community that support literacy and life-long learning.

Learn more on the Literacy Connection Westshore website.

If you are interested, please contact pvanbuskirk@colwood.ca.